Sports injuries and Rehabilitation

Who to choose and what to do?

If the injury is extremely painful, has involved trauma, or swells quickly, it might be worth a visit to the A & E department in case you have a fracture or dislocation and require medical assistance.

Most injuries benefit from the early application of ice packs to help swelling and arnica to bring out any bruising, allowing quicker recovery. Resting, compressing and elevating the affected area can also help.

What sort of injuries can be treated?

Different sports are inclined to cause different injuries. E.g. Skiers often suffer with haematomas (deep bruising) and groin strains. Footballers commonly suffer from ligament damage to the ankles or knees, torn hamstrings and cartilage problems. Aerobic dancers are prone to foot injury, shin splints and chronic calf problems. Racquet sport players and older runners are liable to suffer from achilles or calf tears.

All conditions benefit from good advice and treatment, but some are best not treated immediately.

Who should I see for advice?

Our osteopaths, acupuncturist, sports massage and rehabilitation therapists at BOP may all be able to assist you to recover.

It is best to call the practice to discuss your injury with one of the sports team to see who is best suited to help with your individual problems.

What will treatment consist of?

The initial aim of treatment is to reduce swelling and inflammation in the area. In the early stages this may require compression bandaging, but older fluid is best dispersed with massage treatments. Your recovery time can also be reduced by the use of various electrotherapy equipment, such as ultrasound.

The most important treatment is the correct advice, and this will include exercises specific to your condition. The exercises necessary to promote recovery may be different for each activity and will change as you recover.

When you contact BOP with a back or neck problem any of the osteopaths, massage therapists or the acupuncturist here will be pleased to see you, but if you have a sports injury, ask the receptionist to get one of the sports team to call you.

Focus is on speeding recovery following injury or long term musculo-skeletal problems. It is suitable for sportspeople, recreational exercisers and less active people such as those who suffer repetitive strains from work.

Pre-Exercise Work / Pre-Event.

For those people starting exercise and also for those trying to enhance exercise and performance. Pre-event work focuses on getting you ready for physical activity – whatever your level. The main objective is to optimise performance and prevent injury.

Post-Exercise Work / Post-Event.

Focus is on speeding tissue recovery time following physical activity, it is essential if you are serious about looking after your body and your sport/gym work.